August 13th, 2009
|11:44 am - Wow: Moving right along, it seems|
I look at where I am today in my CTP work and where I was just last week: I'm four questions away from completing CTP2.
I'm still struggling with the king/virgin dynamic (IE Studies 2) and the "why are deities jerks" question (IE Myth 2). I'm pending a book from the library by Maslach and Leiter about burnout (it seems to have been lost in the move from the Ackerman Stacks to the Thompson Stacks) to finish two questions in Leadership Development 1.
It is entirely possible that I could complete all four courses before Summerland, or even (if I get my book) before the "new" deadline I set for the first of them: Saturday.
CTP 2 is really the bear of the circles of study within our Training Program. It's heavy on academics and light on experience in some courses, and heavy on experience and light on academics in others. No matter who you are, you're going to hit a roadblock now and again. Being one of the first people to complete some of these courses made it worse, since druidkirk and I turned out to be guinea pigs for some pretty atrocious wording errors, minimum word counts, and repetitive questions.
Still overcoming those (annoyingly self-imposed, since I wrote most of them) obstacles has been highly educational.
Around 10:30 PM last night, I completed Ethics 1, ten questions I must admit I don't often ask myself. It was less research intensive than I expected, and more discussive of my personal thoughts and feelings. I learned a lot about myself in the process of answering those questions, too. Putting the Ethics 1 answers up is sort of like putting a naked picture of yourself up on the 'net, though: you wonder first if it's a good idea, and second who would even want to look at it?
I still have some outstanding submissions that were submitted but never reviewed, which isn't a big deal to me (though it appears that they're approaching a year of "just sitting"). I know that my work is good, and it's not like a "stamp of approval" has ever had an affect on my spirituality. Still, I suspect that at Summerland, I'll need to shove paper copies in front of the Clergy Council Preceptor and get them reviewed.
I cannot help but think though, about how impossible completion looked just two weeks ago, and how entirely possible it looks now. In fact, it looks like a foregone conclusion that I'll be finished by Summerland. It astounds me how much the simple action of re-setting my goal dates appears to have kicked me in the ass and gotten me moving.
I'm actually very eager to start on CTP3. Look for an update when I'm done with CTP 2 as to what my plan will be for the Third and Final Circle of the ADF Clergy training Program.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: excited
Current Music: "Summerzcool", -JB
When we passed CTP 2, we knocked out a lot of those sorts of high-number requirements. They're totally much more reasonable now than they were. Magic 2 and Divination 2 took major cuts (they're about half the total word count that they were, or less!)http://www.adf.org/members/org/clergy-council/ctp/courses/magic-2.htmlhttp://www.adf.org/members/org/clergy-council/ctp/courses/divination-2.html
I hadn't intended to imply that we were the only
guinea pigs, though I see I did imply that. I think what I meant was that we were the only people who passed under those "super-high-word-count" requirements, and that we've since lowered them or resolved some of the wording issues (Trance 1 had a reduction in repetitive questions, too, I think).
As for the idiot who suggested the 600 words? That was totally me :) Yow, was that wrong